History of 12 June
1900 – The Reichstag approved a second law that would allow the expansion of the German navy.
1901 – Cuba agreed to become an American protectorate by accepting the Platt Amendment.
1912 – Lillian Russel retired from the stage and was married for the fourth time.
1918 – The first airplane bombing raid by an American unit occurred on World War I’s Western Front in France.
1921 – U.S. President Warren Harding urged every young man to attend military training camp.
1923 – Harry Houdini, while suspended upside down 40 feet above the ground, escaped from a straitjacket.
1926 – Brazil quit the League of Nations in protest over plans to admit Germany.
1935 – U.S. Senator Huey Long of Louisiana made the longest speech on Senate record. The speech took 15 1/2 hours and was filled with 150,000 words.
1935 – The Chaco War was ended with a truce. Bolivia and Paraguay had been fighting since 1932.
1937 – The Soviet Union executed eight army leaders under Joseph Stalin.
1939 – The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum was dedicated in Cooperstown, New York.
1941 – In London, the Inter-Allied Declaration was signed. It was the first step towards the establishment of the United Nations.
1944 – Chinese Communist leader Mao Tse-tung announced that he would support Nationalist leader Chiang Kai-shek in the war against Japan.
1948 – Ben Hogan won his first U.S. Open golf classic.
1963 – “Cleopatra” starring Elizabeth Taylor, Rex Harrison, and Richard Burton premiered at the Rivoli Theatre in New York City.
1963 – Civil rights leader Medgar Evers was fatally shot in front of his home in Jackson, MS.
1967 – State laws which prohibited interracial marriages were ruled unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court.
1971 – Tricia Nixon and Edward F. Cox were married in the White House Rose Garden.
1975 – Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was found guilty of corrupt election practices in 1971.
1979 – Bryan Allen flew the Gossamer Albatross, man powered, across the English Channel.
1981 – Major league baseball players began a 49-day strike. The issue was free-agent compensation.
1981 – “Raiders of the Lost Ark” opened in the U.S.
1982 – 75,000 people rallied against nuclear weapons in New York City’s Central Park. Jackson Browne, James Taylor, Bruce Springsteen, and Linda Ronstadt were in attendance.
1985 – Wayne “The Great One” Gretzky was named the winner of the NHL’s Hart Trophy. The award is given to the league Most Valuable Player.
1985 – The U.S. House of Representatives approved $27 million in aid to the Nicaraguan Contras.
1986 – South Africa declared a national state of emergency. Virtually unlimited power was given to security forces and restrictions were put on news coverage of the unrest.
1987 – U.S. President Reagan publicly challenged Mikhail Gorbachev to tear down the Berlin Wall.
1990 – The parliament of the Russian Federation formally declared its sovereignty.
1991 – Russians went to the election polls and elected Boris N. Yeltsin as the president of their republic.
1991 – The Chicago Bulls won their first NBA championship. The Bulls beat the Los Angeles Lakers four games to one.
1992 – In a letter to the U.S. Senate, Russian Boris Yeltsin stated that in the early 1950s the Soviet Union had shot down nine U.S. planes and held 12 American survivors.
1996 – In Philadelphia, a panel of federal judges blocked a law against indecency on the internet. The panel said that the 1996 Communications Decency Act would infringe upon the free speech rights of adults.
1997 – Interleague play began in baseball, ending a 126-year tradition of separating the major leagues until the World Series.
1997 – The U.S. Treasury Department unveiled a new $50 bill meant to be more counterfeit-resistant.
1998 – Compaq Computer paid $9 billion for Digital Equipment Corp. in the largest high-tech acquisition.
1999 – NATO peacekeeping forces entered the province of Kosovo in Yugoslavia.
2003 – In Arkansas, Terry Wallis spoke for the first time in nearly 19 years. Wallis had been in a coma since July 13, 1984, after being injured in a car accident.
2009 – In the U.S., The switch from analog TV transmission to digital was completed.
Celebrating Birthday Today
- 1981 – Raitis Grafs, Latvian basketball player
- 1981 – Paul Hasleby, Australian footballer
- 1981 – Adriana Lima, Brazilian model, and actress
- 1982 – Ben Blackwell, American drummer
- 1982 – Diem Brown, German-American journalist, and activist (d. 2014)
- 1982 – Jason David, American football player
- 1982 – James Tomlinson, English cricketer
- 1983 – Bryan Habana, South African rugby player
- 1983 – Alexander Pipa, German rugby player
- 1983 – Christine Sinclair, Canadian soccer player
- 1984 – James Kwalia, Kenyan-Qatari runner
- 1984 – Bruno Soriano, Spanish footballer
- 1985 – Blake Ross, American computer programmer, co-created Mozilla Firefox
- 1985 – Sam Thaiday, Australian rugby league player
- 1985 – Kendra Wilkinson, American model, actress, and author
- 1985 – Chris Young, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
- 1986 – Salim Mehajer, Australian politician
- 1986 – Harry Taylor, Australian footballer
- 1987 – Seyi Ajirotutu, American football player
- 1987 – Antonio Barragán, Spanish footballer
- 1988 – Arturs Berzins, Latvian basketball player
- 1988 – Eren Derdiyok, Swiss footballer
- 1988 – Mauricio Isla, Chilean footballer
- 1988 – Dave Melillo, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
- 1988 – Dakota Morton, Canadian actor, and radio host
- 1989 – Emma Eliasson, Swedish ice hockey player
- 1989 – Ibrahim Jeilan, Ethiopian runner
- 1990 – Jrue Holiday, American basketball player
- 1990 – Kevin López, Spanish runner
- 1990 – David Worrall, English footballer
- 1991 – Avisail García, Venezuelan baseball player
- 1992 – Philippe Coutinho, Brazilian footballer
- 1992 – Laura Jones, English gymnast